Prostate Cancer

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If you, or someone you know, has just been diagnosed with or tested for prostate cancer, you undoubtedly have many questions. You probably want as much information as you can find. You may want to know about prostate cancer statistics, where the gland is located, what it does, and how good the chances are of surviving the disease. This site provides the prostate cancer information you’re looking for. Here you can learn about risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and more.

What Does the Prostate Do?

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. The gland is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The gland produces a part of the milk-colored liquid (semen) that transports sperm.

Prostate Cancer Statistics

Prostate cancer statistics paint a generally positive picture of the disease. At first glance, however, this may not seem to be the case: prostate tumors are the second leading cause of cancer in American males after skin lesions, and second only to lung cancer in death rates. One man in six will develop the disease, and over 220,000 cases are diagnosed every year.

While one in six men will develop the disease, only one in 32 will die from it. In fact, due to its tendency to develop late in life, many men die from other causes and never even experience any symptoms.

The number of new diagnoses is on the rise, but what this really means is that the disease is often being detected at earlier stages. Early stage tumors have good survival rates because they are easier to treat and more responsive to treatment.

While medical treatment may not be necessary, knowing the treatment options is important in facilitating a discussion with your physician. Get all the information you need with the Prostate Cancer Treatment Options Tool.

Survival Rates

The thought is uppermost on your mind: what are the chances of surviving this disease? In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, survival rates are quite promising:

  • The 5-year survival rate is 97 percent.
  • The 10-year survival rate is 79 percent.
  • The 15-year survival rate is 57 percent.

These numbers do not include men who died from other causes. Compared to many other forms of malignant carcinoma, the prognosis for prostate cancer is very positive.

What’s Oncology?
Oncology is the medical term for the study of cancer and its effects on the body. An oncologist specializes in tumors, and their treatment. You may also be referred to a urologist, who specializes in diseases of the urinary tract.

Resources

National Cancer Institute. (updated 2002). What you need to know about prostate cancer. Retrieved January 29, 2003, from www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/wyntk/prostate.

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2002). HHS issues cancer incidence data by state for first time. Retrieved January 28, 2003, from www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/uscs/pressrelease.htm.

National Library of Medicine. (updated 2002). Prostate cancer. Retrieved January 29, 2003 from www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000380.htm.

Pogliano, D. (revised 2000). A primer on prostate cancer. Retrieved January 23, 2003 from www.phoenix5.org/Basics/DPprimer0918.html.